- Alt. Names
- Monster Musume no Oishasan
- Doctor for Monster Girls
- Release Date
- Summer 2020
- No. of Episodes
- Arvo Animation
- Light Novel
Monster Girl Doctor is a 2020 Comedy-drama anime series from newcomer Japanese animation studio Arvo Animation. While this studio was founded in 2017, to date, they’ve only produced three anime series. Though the most impressive aspect of this series and every series from Arvo Animation is that the same person, Yoshiaki Iwasaki, has directed everything that this studio has released. Though some potential viewers may be turned away from this fact given that they may not have enjoyed his previous works, which is fair. But given how everything deserves a reasonable chance, the piece in question will hopefully leave us in good spirits.
After years of conflict, humans and monsters have settled their differences and are now at peace. This post-war era led to the foundation of Lindworm – a town which has since become the focal point of racial harmony. While the city is full of different monster species, there in this town lives a rookie doctor who has dedicated his life to performing medical examinations to help monsters. As a human doctor specializing in monster biology, Glenn Litbeit runs a small clinic alongside his partner, Saphentite Neikes, a half-snake monster known as a lamia.
He uses his knowledge to tend to any monsters who seek his aid, whether it be probing deep into the gills of a mermaid, suturing the thigh of a flesh golem, or helping a harpy lay an egg. No matter what the task may be, Glenn will help any way he can, even if it could be perceived as a risqué medical examination. No matter the affliction, concern, or injury, he will always be there, ready to help.
If one expects a masterpiece when it comes to this story, they may need some significant medical assistance. Though a quick search online would clearly show the apparent disgust of this series due to the story. While the pacing is somewhat questionable and the plot itself is slightly abstaining, the narrative seems fine without a stable arc for this particular instance. The story is simple to follow for straightforward entertainment and even has decent character development within this series, which was unexpected. Could this be someone’s favorite story? Probably not, but the best part is that the narrative is more or less a sweet, simplistic story.
Albeit, the negatives about this story are a mile long, depending upon what one expects from this series. If one expects the same thing from Monster Musume, you’ll be disappointed by the get-go, but if they’re coming into this series with an open mind, you’ll be okay. If potential viewers want something more plot-driven where it has multiple episodes to complete the story, you’ll be questioning why you watched this series. Alongside that potential problem is the pacing, and when it comes to a series where it uses a decent amount of ecchi, one shouldn’t expect much in this area. Though for multiple episodes, the pacing seems to be fictitious, then all of a sudden, it’ll come back to mediocre.
While the story within this anime is the most vulnerable part of the whole project, the art style is surprisingly beautiful. Though at times it can look generic and unoriginal, those moments are few and far between. The town’s landscapes are reminiscent of a stereotypical Netherlands village with its bright and colorful landscapes, almost like a viewer is looking at a painting. The characters’ designs are slightly memorable and seem to match their personality correctly. Though if one has seen Monster Monsume, they’ll see the vast similarities between each character.
Unlike most Ecchi comedy series, Monster Girl Doctor has appeared to explain how to do the best with what resources are available to them. Is this anime production the greatest? Not even close! However, what it does do great is that it doesn’t try to be like anything else. This series knows what it wants to do and doesn’t detour from that, which is rarely done with similar series. The opening sequence is upbeat and happy, like most of the series, and it even shows a great majority of the characters, which is always nice to have. Though not particularly in my taste, the ending sequence follows suit, though that doesn’t detract from the production, just personal preference.
This series’s first impression was that it’s a blatant rip-off of Monster Monsume, another anime with the same premises just without the medical aspect. Though after watching this series multiple times, the characters are not all that similar. Glenn Litbeit, a human male who specializes in medicine, is not the best character within the series. Unfortunately, this is due to him having a quick mind regarding medical expertise, but that mind is absent when it comes to female affection. Don’t expect any relationships from him; you’ll die alone waiting for him to realize anything.
His childhood friend and assistant, Saphentite Neikes, who goes by the nickname “Sapphee,” is his right-hand person. She’s the apparent faithful lover to her senpai, yet even though it is unreciprocated. She is what one would expect, friendly on the outside, and willing to attack any female who deems him worthy as a mate. However, the best character within this series is Slado Dragenfelt, the chairwoman and head council representative of Lindworm. While little is known about her for the first three-fifths of the series, when her character arc starts, the series truly starts getting good, which is a shame given that it’s the last three episodes of the series.
Though one would expect a cast of characters to be lacking within an ecchi anime series, they genuinely work well together. Nobody feels forced in a scene, and the voice actors are an excellent fit within this series that both Dubbed and Subbed fans can enjoy it the same. The viewer will learn about each character little by little, and by the end of the series, they’ll understand why everyone needs them around. This series has shown that nothing is perfect and that this series is nowhere near perfect. But when it comes to the emotional connection between each character, that’s where these characters genuinely shine.
With any series, the entertainment level vastly varies upon what the viewer expects to get out of the series. Though some areas of this series do indeed look low budget, they aren’t neutralizing. They don’t have the top-notch funds that their rivals get, especially when it’s their third series. Though I’d be stunned if someone who watched this series didn’t find it rather enjoyable, or at the very least felt the series was decent at best. It had some decent high points that would shock most anime spectators and had a few low points like anything.
While some may find this series a more ecchi version of Monster Monsume, that would be an unfair assessment. This series had gotten an unfair negative hit upon its release due to people thinking it was a sequel, but once viewers found out it wasn’t, they immediately hated Monster Girl Doctor. While this series isn’t terrible, it’s an adequate series that had been wrongfully executed before given a chance. Is this a series that people would recommend to others? Probably not, but it’s not something people shouldn’t watch altogether.
Cody Senpai is the creator of BakaNow, an anime review website that specializes in spoiler-free reviews for everyone. He is an avid anime watcher who has traveled to Japan numerous times to not only experience the culture and history but also to build friendships with people through a common interest. He is an avid animation fanatic from birth and even went on to major in communication to help share the importance of the stories we love to watch and listen to. Cody lives in Denver, Colorado and loves to do anything adventurous.